"Doctors prescribe, nurses provide," says the old expression. But when a nurse proves to be too tired, distracted or ill-trained to properly provide for patients, it is time to get in touch with an experienced West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer.
Studies show that nurses are interrupted in their tasks an average of six times per hour and most hospitals force nurses to provide mandatory overtime to help compensate for the shortage of adequately trained nurses on staff. These nurses are three times as likely to make an error after working 12.5 hours or more. In fact, 30% of all registered nurses admit that they were aware of making at least one mistake in the last month.
As hospitals try to save money by hiring fewer and fewer registered nurses, they instead hire "nursing aids" to make up to a third of their entire nursing staff. Many of these aids have little medical training and no high school diploma. With the numbers in mind, it is no wonder that nursing errors have increased constantly over the last decade, resulting in at least 2,000 deaths and 10,000 injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a nursing error, contact a skilled Florida medical malpractice attorney.
Our office provides top-notch medical malpractice representation in West Palm Beach. We have handled a number of nursing error cases, including: